There is a hidden message embedded within the below image just below the graphic of Shadow the Hedgehog that cannot be viewed using a normal image viewer. Can you find it?

Nice try, didn't find it here either

Hint 1:

To find it, you need to use pyrotechnics.

Hint 2:

The message is written in one specific font and begins with "I'm".

I'm looking for an answer that also clearly explains the trick I used to obscure the text and why it works. Bonus points for finding the user being referred to by the image.



Adobe Fireworks

software, you can create layers even in ordinary .PNG file.

The text is hidden in such a layer:

Switching to Layer 1, the text is revealed at last:

Which means the hidden message is

I'm Shadow Wizard, the ultimate life form!

And as for the bonus question...

Well, that would be... me. :)

Explaining the hints:

  • Hint 1:

    pyrotechnics are also fireworks, so this led me to the software that should be used.

  • Hint 2: didn't really need it, not familiar with that software, so just looked for the second layer and messed around until the message showed up.

  • $\begingroup$ This software uses PNG as its native format, in much the same way that Photoshop uses PSD and GIMP uses XCF. (It also has the option to save with a "double extension", much like ".tar.gz".) The software's data is in a proprietary format and is saved in space that is ignored by normal image viewers. $\endgroup$ – gparyani Apr 9 '18 at 20:06

I don't know if this will be useful, but after converting the image to text and searching a lot of insensible text, there was this information hidden in the file.

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  • $\begingroup$ It says "Adobe Fireworks CS6" and pyrotechnics are fireworks type things. $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Apr 9 '18 at 16:01

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